clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Opinion: Buffalo Bills shouldn’t create another hole by releasing Mitch Morse

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Heading into this offseason, Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse is third on the list of highest-paid centers in the NFL. Some folks have suggested that the team move on from him and re-sign Jon Feliciano to take over the spot. I’d rather not create a hole on Buffalo’s offensive line.

In theory, I’m okay with a Feliciano-for-Morse swap, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Buffalo doesn’t have a right guard or right tackle currently on their roster for the 2021 season. Re-signing Feliciano would solve one problem, but then cutting Morse to move Feliciano would reopen that hole at right guard. It’s a lateral move. (Also, a lateral move is something Morse is really good at.)

Morse played better than people gave him credit for in 2020 (and 2019). He was a stabilizing force on the offensive line, and while he doesn’t have the mean streak Feliciano possesses, he has a great head on his shoulders to continue helping his young QB and the young guard who will be next to him.

With no guaranteed money coming Morse’s way until Week 1 at the earliest, there is no need to jump the gun and jettison Morse now. There aren’t any viable replacements on the roster, either. I just don’t understand the groundswell of folks wanting to get rid of the veteran center to save $5.5 million.

Next read